Our home is a 100 year old traditional, albeit modern, wooden house typical for the region situated 1 km from the sea. We have three double bedrooms, one bathroom with shower on the bottom floor, separate utility room, kitchen, a living room with wood burner and a study/lounge. We have geothermal heating, so warm and cosy all year around. Outside we have a large garden, which enjoys sunlight throughout the day. The house has been improved ever since we moved in so we know lots about DIY and are pretty handy people.
Our house is beautifully situated in the countryside close to the sea and next to an old church. We live in a diverse landscape setting - with the coast and unique achipelago consisting of thousands of small granite rock island, farmed coastal land with small valleys and further inland with forests and small lakes dominating - all within 0,5 hrs drive. Where we live there are many small winding roads to discover either by foot, bicycle or car. It takes 5 mins to cycle to the sea where one can bathe and lie on the smooth granite rocks. Svenneby Old Church dates back to the 1100’s and is one of the oldest in Sweden and Norway. As regards cultural heritage, the whole area is world famous (UNESCO) for its rock carvings dating back 3000 BC and is easily explored nearby. The local area has attracted many artists to live here and there is a famous art school (Gerlesborgsskolan) just down the road. They even offer courses of various duration. If one is interested in stone sculpturing, there is also an artists working area here (called KKV-B).
There a lots of small traditional fishing villages along the coastline and we have 7 km to either Bovallstrand or Hamburgsund where there are shops, boutiques and restaurants. We live right in one of the most popular summer tourist areas in Sweden. Famous coastal towns in our area include, Fjällbacka, Grebbestad, Smögen, Lysekil Strömtstad are 15, 25, 25, 40 and 60 mins respectively by car. If you want to go to the city, Gothenburg is 1,5 hrs drive south and Oslo (Norway) is 2 hrs north.
One big reason for visiting Sweden is that you can (by law) walk freely anywhere you choose (except for in private gardens of course). With common sense and lots of respect for nature, this opens up the possibility for everyone to explore the landscape and nature fully – we go swimming in the sea as well as the lakes, mushroom and berry picking in the forests, rock climbing, exciting trekking, sailing, picnics etc. If nature conservation lies close to heart you can see endangered animals from the Northern hemisphere, at the breeding programme park "Nordens Ark", a 15 mins drive from our home. Children love this place!